Sunday, December 6, 2009  Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

Homily, Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fr. Ed Oen, C.PP.S.

Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not referring to purchasing of gifts, decorating a tree or sending out cards. In today’s Gospel, John is asking how we are to prepare for Christmas. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

That would refer to our sins of omission, such as a failure to pray, to not come to Mass, fail to love God and your neighbors as you should. Some people come to the Fifth Commandment, “That Shalt Not Kill” and while they did not kill anyone, the commandment has another side. The question is “How have you loved?” Other sins such as cursing, disobeying, seeking revenge, premartial sex, viewing pornographic material on the Internet, spreading gossip, etc.

We have the Sacrament or Reconciliation to help us right those wrongs and to come closer to God. When we turn away from our sins, we begin to see God and the love of God.


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